The following post is by Kelly J. Youngblood as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project.
“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1, excerpted, NRSV)
It has always been a struggle, this writing vocation of mine. It’s been back and forth, up and down. I’ve wondered why I bother; I’ve wondered if I should quit. But I am always pulled back to the forming of words, the crafting of sentences, the putting a piece of myself out there for others to read.
On my computer, I have Ephesians 4:1 engraved as a reminder to not give up on my calling. It’s really quite out of context; it’s not actually about writing at all but, sometimes, I need it to remind me of this particular calling, to remind me to not give up, to remind me that God has called me to write–regardless of the outcomes or how long it will take to see what “success” is supposed to look like.
Live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, Paul says.
To me, that is to write.
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